Buried Treasure!

Lambrecht Chevrolet

I guess, it’s really all for the best that I’m not rich; I’d only get myself in trouble. Now if you’re a run of the mill millionaire, you might fill your garage with a Ferrari or two, and maybe a Porsche or Mercedes and that’s fine, who could blame you? See, that’s the problem, if I were rich, those cars are nice, but they aren’t the cars I’m looking for.

Ray Lambrecht

Every now and then there are strange occurrences, I read about one years and years ago. A Kansas, Oldsmobile dealer had selected one new model from his inventory each year and placed it in a warehouse. The man had died and they were auctioning off fifty new Oldsmobile’s from the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50, and 60’s. At the time, it was declared a once in a lifetime find, but it’s happen again.

In tiny Pierce Nebraska, Ray Lambrecht had operated Lambrecht Chevrolet, for fifty years until 1996. He’d didn’t sell trade-ins and he didn’t sell last year's model. Most of the cars, were wholesaled out to other dealerships, but either through plan or serendipity, Lambrecht Chevrolet accumulated nearly 500 classic cars. These cars are  going up for auction at the end of this month. Many of these cars have less than ten miles on the odometer, but many have been exposed to the weather. You see my problem, don’t you?

If I had the money, I would so be there and if I had crazy money to spend, I would most definitely go crazy with it. For a car guy, Lambrecht Chevrolet is King Tut’s tomb, a veritable candy store of automotive delights. It’s Christmas, New Year’s, the Fourth of July and your birthday, all rolled into one!

The 1978 Corvette is an obvious first choice, but how about a 1961 Apache pick-up, truck with 2 miles on the odometer! Lot 87, 1961 Chevrolet Apache ½-ton pickup (I6, four-speed manual transmission), two miles.

Corvairs, Corvairs, Corvairs!

Lot 97, 1960 Chevrolet Corvair Monza four-door, one mile

Lot 5, 1963 or 1964 Chevrolet Corvair two-door sedan (140 cu. inch H6 engine, four-speed manual transmission), 17 miles

Lot 86, 1964 Chevrolet Corvair two-door sedan, 15 miles

1964 Chevrolet ½ ton pick up trucks - half a dozen to choose from.

How about a 1977 Chevy Vega, brand new, with 6 miles on the odometer. It hasn’t even burned through its first quart of oil yet.

A 1966 Chevelle, a 1965 Bel Air Station wagon with 5 miles on the odometer and the list just goes on and on, it’s a treasure trove. Admittedly, most of the cars need work, but they’re survivors. They’re jewels, we once thought were gone forever, but Lambrecht Chevrolet is going to be back in business again for two days at the end of this month. They're selling Chevy’s again and this time, the whole automotive world is coming. But the fates are cruel and I can’t afford to be in Pierce Nebraska, let alone, to make a purchase.

I might be able to afford this pedal car, but it's not the same

But if I had millions, I could buy my way into a life time of hard work and restoration. I guess, it’s really all for the best that I’m not rich; let somebody else be the happiest men on Earth!